Front Contacts is an interesting new (jailbreak) iPhone app that lets you do several things relating to the Phone app right on your lock screen.  Things like: Make a call See your Recent Calls Search for a contact Pull up the Phone keypad to dial a number I ‘ve been using it since last night […]
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Front Contacts – Make Calls (and more) from Your iPhone Lock Screen [iPhone Jailbreak Apps]

Front Contact iPhone app

Front Contacts is an interesting new (jailbreak) iPhone app that lets you do several things relating to the Phone app right on your lock screen.  Things like:

  • Make a call
  • See your Recent Calls
  • Search for a contact
  • Pull up the Phone keypad to dial a number

I ‘ve been using it since last night and have some quick impressions and a few more screencaps to share after the jump

Some quick things I ‘ve noted about Front Contacts so far:

— It ‘s a Cydget applet.

— It ‘s easy to use and provides some very handy phone-related functions on the lock screen.  The initial view on the lock screen is of Recent Calls.  You can simply tap on any of the entries shown there to go to that contact “ and then it ‘s just a single tap and a slide to confirm to call or email that contact.

Front Contacts jailbreak app

— A swipe on the top bar brings up the Phone keypad, so you can dial any number you like.

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— A press and hold on the Home button brings up a search bar, to search for a specific contact.

Front Contacts iPhone jailbreak app

— If you use the QuickDo app switching app, you ‘ll find that the two left-most icons on its action bar are a little difficult to work with when Front Contacts is on, as they are overlapped.  They do still work though.

— I ‘m not sure yet, but I think Front Contacts has conflict / issues with the LockInfo app.  When I had both enabled, I got three ‘Sad iPhone ‘ springboard crashes in around 45 minutes.  After each one of them I lost all my InfiniDock items (so a bigger PITA than just a normal spingboard crash).  Since turning LockInfo off, I ‘ve had no more crashes.

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I ‘m not sure whether I ‘ll be keeping Front Contacts or not.  I like what it can do, but given that Phone functions are hardly my biggest use of the iPhone and that I ‘m quite fond of LockInfo (and not fond of sad iPhone crashes) I may well disable it until its updated to play more nicely with other lock screen apps.

UPDATE 2: The latest update version of the app (as at 3/8/10) is working well for me.  It’s plenty stable and has not caused any crashes in four days of use.

UPDATE “ Forget It “ This App is a Goner: OK, I just went to try to disable Front Contacts, and did not immediately see a way to do so, so I tried turning a ‘Phone Favorites ‘ setting for it off.  That immediately caused another sad iPhone crash, and this time a continuous loop of crashes that endured even after a phone reboot.  They stopped once I removed the app via Cydia.  So for now, nice idea “ but definitely banished until its is (far) more stable.

You can find Front Contacts in the Cydia app store now, priced at $3.99 “ which now strikes me as quite steep considering the very ‘alpha ‘ performance of the app.

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